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Pavano remains with Twins

Posted on: December 7, 2009 8:07 pm
Edited on: December 8, 2009 1:15 am

INDIANAPOLIS -- Carl Pavano accepted Minnesota's offer of salary arbitration at Monday's midnight EST deadline, which allows the Twins to retain him in their 2010 starting rotation.

Pavano was seeking a two-year contract, and the hope from his side is that those talks could continue between now and the time when an arbitration hearing would be held. The decision was made easier when Brad Penny and St. Louis agreed to terms on a one-year, $7.5 million deal earlier Monday. Pavano could use Penny's salary as a comparable in an arbitration hearing.

Pavano went 14-12 with a 5.10 ERA in 33 starts for Cleveland and Minnesota in '09 and worked 199 1/3 innings. Pavano wanted to return to Minnesota, sources say, because he enjoyed pitching there last August and September and because the Twins offered him the best chance to win.

The decision probably will rule out Minnesota as a potential landing spot for free agent left-hander Jarrod Washburn. Washburn, a Wisconsin native, was hoping to land a job with either the Twins or the Brewers. But now the Twins are out, and the Brewers late Monday were believed to be closing in on a deal with veteran left-hander Randy Wolf.

Pavano was one of three players who accepted salary arbitration offers at Monday's deadline. Atlanta reliever Rafael Soriano and Colorado reliever Rafael Betancourt were the other two. Having already signed closer Billy Wagner and reliever Takashi Saito, the Braves now could trade Soriano.

Category: MLB

Since: Apr 3, 2009
Posted on: December 8, 2009 2:47 pm

Pavano remains with Twins

Pavano went 14-12 with a 5.10 ERA he better not be getting anything near 7 mil if hes putting up an ERA of 5... or anything near 5.

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